Unique Vegetable Platter with Veggie Christmas Tree

Do you want to have a unique vegetable platter for a holiday party or for Christmas Eve? Here we have another amazing culinary idea. After “Fruit Christmas Tree“, is time learn how to make a Veggie Christmas Tree. It is not difficult to do, because we show you all what you need to make the most beautiful platter to enjoy with your guests.

 

What You Need

 

For this project, you will need some craft items and plenty of fresh veggies.

Use 8″x3″ green styrofoam cone, for a just over 12″ tall finished tree, so the shopping lists will work for this size tree. If you want a smaller or larger tree, just adjust your groceries accordingly.

 

Craft Items:

– Styrofoam cone – 8×3″
– small disposable veggied tray (you will be hot glueing the tree to the tray, so plastic, disposable works best BUT you could forego the glue and just set the tree on a nice dish, too)
– hot glue gun & glue sticks (optional)
– round toothpicks
– round wooden skewers
– Linzer tart cookie cutter (for tiny star shape cutter)
– wire cutter or strong scissor (to cut skewers)

Grocery List:

– 3 large bunches Broccoli
– 2 large Broccoliflower
– 1 large Cauliflower
– 1+ Red Bell Pepper (depending if you would like to serve extra on the side)
– 1+ Yellow Bell Pepper (depending if you would like to serve extra on the side)
– 1 package cherry tomato
– 1 jar cocktail onions
– 1 bag of baby carrots

 

  Buy Styrofoam Cones

 

 

Veggie Tree Assembly

 

STEP 1 – Hot glue your styrofoam cone to your plastictray (optional). This makes a stable base andmakes transportation very easy.

STEP 2 – Cut your Broccoli, Cauliflower and Broccoliflower into dipping sized pieces. Sizes should vary but shouldn’t be too large or too small.

STEP 3 – Attach your Broccoli and Broccoliflower to the cone with ROUND toothpicks, grouped in clusters, with larger pieces at the bottom and graduating up to the top. Don’t worry if there are small holes in your design, they will be filled in later with carrots and other decorations.

When you get to the top, and toothpicks are not long enough cut skewers with a wire cutter or strong scissor to pick your veggies into place until you achieve a perfect tree shape.

STEP 4 – Cut 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper into dipping size strips. Tuck the ends of those strips into the tree, in a spiral, starting at the top and spiraling down to the bottom. Tuck a carrot in next to them to hold them in if needed. No toothpicks needed, here.

STEP 5 – Poke carrot sticks intermittenly in holes between the broccili and broccoliflower florets. No toothpicks needed.

STEP 6 – Use FLAT toothpicks to secure cherry tomatoes and cocktail onions to the tree. Poke small side all the way through onion or tomato. Press tomato or onion into tree.

STEP 7 – Cut out stars with small linzer tart cookie cutter from 1 Yellow pepper. Save 1 large piece to hand cut 1 larger star for top, or make a paper stencil or use a larger cookie cutter if you’d like for large star.

Secure stars with toothpicks poked and secured right in broccili pieces.

STEP 8 – Fill tray base with cauliflower.

STEP 9 – Serve with your favorite veggie dip or refrigerate until serving. If it doesn’t fit in your refridgerator, I have had good luck leaving it out on the counter overnight when the house wasn’t too hot. I spritz it with water and cover with saran wrap and it still looks completely fresh the next day!

 

 

Toothpicks and Sticks on Amazon

 

Flat Wood ToothpicksThese are for veggies that you want to tightly affix without stabbing our finger. The rounded end can be pushed on withoug scewering your finger!  Buy now

Bakers & Chefs Round Toothpicks – 4/800ct The quintessential all-purpose toothpick. Buy now

Fox Run Brands Bamboo Skewers, 6-InchThese will come in handy at the top of your christmas tree, where you need a longer pick to reach the peak of your tree. You will need a wire cutter to cut them down to size. Buy now

 

Plastic Veggie Trays on Amazon

 

Black Plastic Compartment Serving Tray 12-inch —  Buy now !!!

Source : Squidoo  and Kristi DeMaria

 

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28 Responses to “Unique Vegetable Platter with Veggie Christmas Tree”

  1. Tina says:

    I think your tree is beautiful, but I think it warrants mentioning that the foam used here is considered quite toxic, and creates a fine dust when worked with that often goes unnoticed. If this is meant to be consumed, I would rethink using toxic materials as a base.

  2. Betsy says:

    Cover the cone with iceberg lettuce leaves first. Then assemble.

  3. Tess says:

    Guys-it’s styrofoam, not floral foam. Floral foam is the scary stuff. Styrofoam is everywhere.

  4. Paulette says:

    Cover with kale or leaf lettuce that won’t be eaten

  5. Monica says:

    if it isn’t marked as food grade, i’d hesitate using it directly against the food, or even with a lettuce barrier.

  6. I suggest use a papaya, cut the edges in the botton to be perfectly vertical, so it can be edible.

  7. Mary Kappes says:

    Tess, Styrofoam IS everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe! And for those of you who don’t know: people all over are microwaving food in Styrofoam, then eating it – and feeding it to their children! DON’T DO THIS! some of you are just fricking NUTS! This is poison!

  8. Mary Kappes says:

    I just attempted to post a comment, but received a message stating that I’ve already said that! What are you talking about? I’ve never commented here before.

  9. Deb says:

    What kind of fruit is the star made out of??

  10. Kim says:

    Could you not use a large pineapple for the base? Maybe shave it down and cut the top off?

  11. Betty Krejci says:

    The yellow fruit is called Star Fruit. Very plentiful in Asia. I was wondering if you could cut a melon or pineapple to a cone shape of sorts and attach the fruit to it. I also think the tomatoes could be cut to make more interesting shapes. I really like the presentation of this.

  12. Alex says:

    Do people really not have common sense to figure things out for themselves anymore? If you don’t want to use that type of base, then don’t! I LIKE IT!!! And I’ll keep the negative comments to myself. I’m sorry to whoever came up with this idea and had the courage to post it. Why can’t people keep the b.s comments to themselves? It’s like I say, if you don’t like it, no one is forcing you to do it nor buy it! People need to get a grip!! I think it’s beautiful!!!! Good Job!!!

    • BARBARA says:

      AMEN IF YOU ARE AFRAID TO MAKE IT THEN DONT NO ONE IS BREAKING YOUR ARM THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CAN THINK OUT SIDE THE BOX GREAT JOB ON THIS LOVE IT

  13. diana says:

    I may wrap the Styrofoam cone in heavy duty Saran wrap n then also heavy tinfoil. This may solve the issue of having the veggies n fruit touch the Styrofoam. I wouldn’t want the particles on my food. Just a thought. :-) Happy Holidays to everyone.

    • Jo says:

      Wow – come on folks! This simply is a form figure to give a Christmas Tree illusion! Use what every you want – but dang let go of the ugly here! I love it and will be using this idea (wrapping in Cling wrap first) I am sure there is somewhere to buy a food approved form… catering companies use this idea all the time!

  14. Elle says:

    PLEASE – how hard is it to have someone proofread your post BEFORE you post it? This was one of the most illiterate posts of this week – and it is only Tuesday.

  15. LP says:

    How about a pineapple cut into a cone shape as the base – edible and about the right size.

  16. CommonSensicalMom says:

    They use styrofoam trays for meat, fish, poultry and produce every day in the markets. It’s the same stuff, just in a different form and less compact. Simply cover with the cone with plastic wrap so it doesn’t break off styrofoam particles into your veggies and dip.

  17. Susan says:

    Stop playing with your food! lol…..

  18. Theresa says:

    This is going to so adorable at my Christmas party this year! I’m thinking of making 2, then when all the veggies are gone, I will walk around with a cheese grater & the styrofoam cones and ask everyone if they want something a little extra. I’m obviously kidding, for those that didn’t pick up on the facetiousness. Happy Holidays everyone!

  19. Maddi says:

    Just to let all the Nay Sayers know the cone is wrapped when you buy it, so all you have to do so the food is not touching the Styrofoam is wash it very well & that my friends is the answer. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all.

  20. CramerNH says:

    http://www.goodshomedesign.com/fruit-christmas-tree-awesome-home-christmas/

    The base from this other ‘tree’ project is an apple and carrot… you could just as easily do this and never have to worry about particles!

  21. patrice says:

    No matter what it is, people always have to say a few negatives.

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